Most of the classes offered in this year’s S.T.A.R. program are intended for full year enrollment. If your child wants to participate in any of the classes offered they must enroll for the full year (Sept 2014- May 2015). No pro-rated amounts or refunds will be negotiated if your child misses multiple classes for other sports, commitments, or vacations. Please see our ATTENDANCE POLICY for further explanation.
***All Dance and Drama classes are open to MALE and FEMALE participants. We strive to share the performing arts with any child who shows interest.
Class Placement: Each class is geared toward a certain age/grade level and each student should register for their appropriate class. Only in special circumstances will a student be moved to a higher level and that will be based on an evaluation by the Education Director.
Make-up Classes: If your child is ill and misses class, please contact Sue so that the teachers can be expecting your absence. Sue will then relay any homework or information the student may have missed and schedule a make up session if necessary.
Drop Off and Pick Up: For their safety, young children must be with a parent at all times when not in the dance/drama studio. A Parent/Guardian must return to pick up the children BEFORE class ends. Please do your best to be on time so that classes can stay on schedule.
Practicing: Dance & Drama are valuable parts of your child’s overall education. We encourage you to take an active interest in classes and class activities. Here are a few suggestions and tips about things that can be done to enrich your child’s experience each week:
Encourage your student to set up rehearsal and practice schedules for each class, even if it is only for 15 minutes a day. Ask them to share new steps and projects with you and take an active role in practicing with them. A student does not excel in their studies if they do not do their homework, nor will they excel in Dance, Drama, or Voice if they do not practice daily.
Encourage your child to bring a recording device or cassette tape so that your student may take the music home with them to practice in dance and voice. For drama students, please provide a notebook and folder in which they can keep notes and handouts.
REGULAR ATTENDANCE ASSURES THE MAXIMUM CLASS BENEFIT. THERE IS NO SUBSTITUTE FOR REGULAR ATTENDANCE.
If a DANCE student misses more than 5 classes a term (Sept 10-May 3) they WILL NOT BE ALLOWED to perform with the class in the Holiday or Spring recitals/showcases.
If a DRAMA student misses more than 4 classes a term (Sept 10-May 3) they WILL NOT BE ALLOWED to perform with the class in the Holiday or Spring Showcases.
We ask that the students show a level of commitment to their classes as well as a respect for their peers. This rule will only be flexible in cases of severe illness or injury and will be up to the discretion of the Education Director.
Please be on time dropping your child off for class as well as for picking them up from class.
Please notify Sue in advance of any absences or vacations (see Contact Information above).
DANCE/DRAMA CLASSROOM RULES
Please treat your fellow actors and dancers with kindness and respect. If you are disrespectful, (talking in class, not paying attention, etc), you will be asked to sit out and take notes that will be turned in to the teacher at the end of class.
Cell phones are not permitted in the dance and drama classrooms and must be kept in your dance bag/backpack in the changing area. Cell phones must be shut off or on silent mode. There will be no exceptions unless parental request has been established.
Respect your teachers by being on time and dressing appropriately as indicated in the Dress Code.
Any visible undergarments, bare midriffs and inappropriate clothing will not be permitted in class. Because our classes sometimes fluctuate after registration has ended the Dress Code will not go into affect until after the second week of class. This give parents enough time once their spot in the class has been confirmed to get the necessary clothing items and shoes for their Dancer/Actor. After the second week of classes teachers will expect the students to follow the Dress Code. If you come to class after that point and are not dressed according to the Dress Code, you will be given one warning. If you come to class a second time without the appropriate dress, you will be asked to sit and take notes to be turned in to the teacher at the end of class.
We strongly recommend a dance bag for dance shoes and/or clothing changes. Please write your name on dance shoes and bags and leave valuables, jewelry, watches and money at home. We are not responsible for lost or stolen articles.
Dancers: Please have your dance shoes for class. Street shoes are not permitted on the dance studio floor so you must have a pair of dance shoes to dance in.
Actors: Please have secure shoes suitable for movement with you for class. Flip flops are not allowed.
No food or drinks besides water are allowed in the classrooms. Water bottles are permissible in class if the lid is secure. Absolutely no gum in the classrooms.
Please have all information, handouts, and scripts with you that are needed for class. All Dance & Drama students should bring a pencil and notebook to class for note taking.